“There was a man who was walking along a sandy beach where thousands of starfish had been washed up on the shore. He noticed a boy picking the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.
The man observed the boy for a few minutes and then asked what he was doing. The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea, otherwise they would die.
The man asked how saving a few, when so many were doomed, would make any difference whatsoever? The boy picked up a starfish and threw it back into the ocean and said
“Made a difference to that one…”
The man left the boy and went home, deep in thought of what the boy had
He soon returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish in to the sea.
Oh yeah? And what about all the shellfish they’re going to go back and eat, did it make a difference to them too? Yes, ‘cos they’re DEAD.
If they’re really lucky the spike in starfish population will decimate shellfish in the area and both will experience mass die-offs. Nice work.
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